Birmingham City have hit back at Garry Monk over the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s Pep Clotet comments.

Clotet was employed as Monk’s assistant at Swansea City, Leeds United and Birmingham, before succeeding the now Owls manager as Blues boss in the summer.

But speaking at his pre-Birmingham press conference on Tuesday lunchtime, Monk revealed that the pair no longer speak, and claimed that he failed to heed warnings from others within football about Clotet’s character.

City’s official account then posted footage of Monk’s remarks, accompanied by the following message:

Monk was also asked about James Beattie’s situation, after the Birmingham City coach was tipped to follow another former Blues employee, Ryan Needs, to Sheffield Wednesday.

But the 40-year-old insisted that nothing is afoot in that regard and claimed that the last he was aware, Beattie was working away from Clotet, at home.

Monk and Beattie together at Birmingham. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Two points currently separate Sheffield Wednesday in ninth and Birmingham City in 15th ahead of Monk’s first meeting with Clotet as managers.

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